Alternative Dispute ResolutionCases are not always confined to the boundaries of one practice area. In the midst of a family law case, allegations of domestic violence may arise that fall into the realm of criminal defense. In a criminal defense case, there may be reason to believe that the accused's constitutional rights were violated. The fact that we can handle all of these matters means that our clients get all the legal protections and options they need at one law firm.
How We Resolve Disputes
Our lawyers are skilled at all methods of dispute resolution and take great care to use the one that is most effective for each case and each client. Some cases may be resolved through some form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration. Others may require a more aggressive approach, and we will proceed to trial as necessary.
President and attorney Abraham Lincoln once said, "Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses and waste of time. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."
At Diaz & Jakob, PLLC, we welcome the opportunity to serve as peacemakers, using forms of alternative dispute resolution instead of trial whenever possible. We can use these means to resolve family law disputes, employment disputes, personal injury disputes, business disputes and more.
The attorneys at our San Antonio alternative dispute resolution center are skilled at using mediation. In mediation, both sides work together, each typically with his or her own attorney, to resolve the dispute. A trained mediator assists in facilitating the resolution, opening up possibilities for unique and creative outcomes that may not have been possible at trial.
Arbitration is closer to trial in tone and format. In arbitration, both sides will be able to present their cases to an arbitrator. The arbitrator will be a person with in-depth knowledge of the law. He or she will weigh the facts of the case and determines an outcome. Arbitration may be binding or nonbinding, depending on the context. We do not charge case administration or setup fees for arbitration.
Collaborative law is a relatively new form of alternative dispute resolution in Texas. Like mediation, it encourages each side to work together with the help of specially trained lawyers. Safeguards are put in place to encourage a meeting of the minds and an amicable resolution. This is most commonly used in divorce and family law cases.